It is the agreed policy of the House of Bishops that newly ordained ministers should serve at least three years in a training post before taking on a post of incumbent status.
You will find our policy and guidance for dioceses below:
Appointment of curates
Formation and assessment in curacy
After their first phase of training, ordinands need a ‘title post’ to which they will be ordained and in which they will continue their training as a curate.
For ordinands who have been ‘released’ by their sponsoring diocese and are seeking a title post in a different diocese, this page acts a noticeboard of vacant positions. Click on the headings below for more information. Please use the contact details provided with each advert for more information on the post and how to apply. This list has the most recent notices at the top.
Guidance and support for candidates during this process is the responsibility of the ordinand’s TEI and sponsoring diocese, with the TEI normally taking the lead role when candidates are considering a title post in a different diocese, so please raise any questions or concerns with your TEI.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a curate to serve at Rotherham Minster and St Paul's, Masbrough. You would be joining at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our ministry in the town where we are benefiting from increased resourcing for the fulfilling of a new vision, under God, to become a resource church to the borough.
Rotherham Minster is uniquely placed at the heart of Rotherham to play an important part in the recovery and development of the town at this critical time, and to have a significant Kingdom impact in the town centre and surrounding area.
Thanks to a successful bid to the Strategic Development Fund (SDF), we are now able to bring in significant additional resources, increasing our capacity to realise the many mission opportunities around us and to become a resourcing church to the wider deanery.
The strategy involves two distinct but coordinated approaches to missional engagement and growth which will build on the existing worshipping and civic life of the church. We have a vision both to develop the Minster as a centre of musical excellence, and to continue the development of TimeBuilders in the town.
Music specialists on the staff, funded by the SDF, will be tasked with visiting local schools to form and train choirs, with each term’s work culminating in a concert performance in the Minster. This benefits hard-pressed schools struggling financially to maintain any investment in music-making and grows the profile and reputation of the Minster in the local community.
A focus on local primary schools will enable us to develop a non-auditioned junior choir, meeting weekly in term-time to practice, which could in turn contribute to worship at major festivals, especially in all age services, as well as participate in an ongoing programme of concerts. This musical engagement with schools will also give opportunity for the Minster to recruit boy and girl choristers for the treble line of their own auditioned choir, to lead worship regularly.
As well as affirming musical gifts in children and providing them with the opportunity to exercise those gifts in a quality choir, this approach will also encourage parents and families to engage with the Minster’s ministry as they support their children.
TimeBuilders is an innovative time banking initiative. It has the potential to transform the lives of disadvantaged people, by creating a parallel “economy” of Time Credits to incentivise purposeful work which tackles loneliness, mental illness and boredom. These can be exchanged for rewards provided by local businesses who donate spare capacity e.g. seats at football games or cinema tickets.
We focus on 3 sources of assets: People, surplus capacity in leisure organisations and waste food. TimeBuilders has a transformative impact on people’s well-being. We ask people what they can contribute – how they can help us. Many people have never been asked this question before. But it changes everything. It gives each person the opportunity to develop social networks and to do worthwhile and valued activity. It enables people to help themselves: to be part of the solution to their problems. We are already seeing this work develop in Rotherham though at a very early stage.
These initiatives will enable us to be a blessing to the people of Rotherham. Through utilising the historical significance of our buildings and ensuring our faith and values remain central we will see people's lives transformed.
For an informal conversation to explore this opportunity further please contact:
DDO: Rev Stephen Hunter – 07739 949473 [email protected]
Vicar: Rev Phil Batchford – 07722 984837/01709 325781 [email protected]
The Parish of Great Aycliffe currently encompasses the area of Newton Aycliffe, Aycliffe Village, Brafferton, Aycliffe Industrial Estate, parts of School Aycliffe, Coatham Mundeville and Preston-le-Skerne.
St Andrew’s Parish Church in Aycliffe Village who worship in a middle of the road churchmanship style.
St Clare's Parish Church in Newton Aycliffe town centre who worship as above with some more catholic practices; at the same time on the second Sunday they use a screen and worship less formally with a hint of contemporary worship songs in a “family” service.
St Elizabeth's licensed worship centre in Woodham (Newton Aycliffe) Middle of the road churchmanship.
St Francis Chapel within a school in Horndale (Newton Aycliffe). Celebrates the Eucharist each Wednesday with a form of the Eucharist in Iona style in their tiny chapel.
We see the role of training as equipping someone to be ready to take up the role for which they have been called; the discernment of that calling being a part of it all. Whether it is a role of responsibility, or to be part of a team, we need to know that the curate in training is equipped, competent, capable and minsters out of a depth of spirituality and understanding that will sustain him/her to be a minister of the Church of England.
We look forward to guiding a person and observing them grow and develop into the priest God called them to be. No one knows what that will look like in the beginning! It is a work of the Holy Spirit.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr Alastair Prince at [email protected].
We believe the Holy Spirit calls us to be a Christ centred community of mission that transforms the lives of people through discipleship, worship, prayer and service.
As curate you would be based primarily in St James Church Carlisle, but with opportunities to work across the wider mission community.
St James is an evangelical church with links to both Keswick Ministries and New Wine. Our strap line is: Loving Jesus, Serving The Community and Growing Disciples.
One of the unique things about St James is that we run a community coffee bar, Christian resource centre, and charity shop called Cornerstone, which is situated on the main street of the parish.
Open six days a week and run mainly by volunteers, Cornerstone
is used by a wide variety of community groups and organisations, as well as providing a hub for Christian out reach.
To find out more, contact the DDO, Rev Canon Peter Clement at [email protected]
Christ Church is an evangelical parish church which seeks to:
- become more like Christ Jesus
- share his love with the community around us, and
- help all discover Jesus for themselves.
CCP has a long evangelical history and is probably now best described as Open Evangelical. The patrons are Simeon’s Trustees.
Saint John’s is a traditional, middle-of-the-road, parish church, under the patronage of the Bishop.
In 2013, the Portsdown Cluster was created. The three parishes of Portsdown, Crookhorn and Purbrook have committed to working together whenever appropriate. As a mark of this, the incumbents of each parish were co-licensed as Curates in the other two parishes. The three parishes provide a wide range of worship from Charismatic Evangelical to Central Anglican. The cluster will provide good opportunities for anyone joining the ministry team.
This is an exciting time in the development of the Portsdown Cluster as the churches seek to work closer together to further the Kingdom of God in the area. The mix of worship styles, coupled with the opportunity to be part of further expressions of church will provide an excellent training opportunity, supported by an experienced training minister.
For more information contact Revd Andy Wilson at [email protected]
Holy Trinity is a church family of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds with one key thing in common – we trust and follow Jesus. And, we’d love other people to know Him too. We are Evangelical and Anglican – though the congregation is made up of people from both Anglican and Free Church backgrounds.
We renewed our vision in 2017, with the emphasis that God is our Vision – it is him that we look to and desire. It is his love, ultimately shown at the Cross of Christ that is our heartbeat and motivation.
Flowing from this, we confirmed 3 key aims:
- Growing in Maturity - we want everyone at Trinity to grow in knowing God and living for him.
- Serving in Ministry - as a diverse people, we are given different gifts by God to serve one another and those around us. We want everyone to be serving appropriately in God's ministry.
- Being on Mission - as people forgiven by God and brought into his family, we want the world to know him too. So our aim is to share the Gospel and Grace of Jesus Christ with people in Hinckley and across the world.
We consider these three things to be given by God and essential:
- The Bible - God's Living Word, as the basis of our faith and knowledge of God and all he calls us to be and do.
- Prayer - Talking to God, to express the relationship he has brought us into, and our dependence on him for all that we are and do.
- Fellowship - God calls us to be a Church, a people following Jesus together - we need each other.
AIMS OF THE CURACY
The aim is to prepare someone to be an incumbent themselves. In this, the following are key:
- To assist the Curate to grow in their faith, and patterns of prayer and study that sustain and refresh them
- To train them to apply Theology to life, and pastoral situations
- To learn to lead services and preach to a mixed congregation
- To train them in baptism, wedding and funeral ministries
- To grow in leadership, by taking responsibility for an area of ministry
- To help them to discern the situation of our ministry and mission, and to wisely and graciously plan and lead the church family forward, learning ourselves from their insight
- To give them an understanding of the complexities and practicalities of running a church
For more information – do visit our website, or contact the Rector, Revd Simon Wearn ([email protected] / 01455 697738).
Holy Trinity (HT) Hounslow is a vibrant, multicultural and growing church in the heart of West London and in the centre of the Kensington Area. Our vision as a London Resource Church is to make followers of Jesus Christ from all nationalities, develop leaders and plant new churches and congregations.
We have recently been asked by the Bishop of Kensington to become a London Resource Church in order to plant a new congregation outside of our building in the next two years. We are therefore looking for a planting curate i.e. a curate who will come and spend up to 3 years with us and then plant locally during that time into a different church building. The plan is to enable the beginnings of a potential multi-site model for HT. This means that the new plant will be part of the HT family, under the leadership of HT but with autonomy to develop and grow the new church and worshipping communities that emerge. With this in mind we are looking for the following person:
- An curate who has evangelistic as well as pastoral gifts with the energy and ability to gather, start and grow new worshipping communities
- Skill in releasing children’s and youth ministry to enable a new and sustainable family service to form
- An appreciation and gift for reaching young adults and able to use social media as a tool for growing the church.
- An appreciation, passion and experience in crosscultural mission.
- Teachable, a team player and able to come under the leadership of HT Hounslow
- Committed to the vision and values of HT – (Specifically – Worship, Fellowship, Prayer, Gospel and discipleship, and celebrating our diversity see website for more details)
- Willing to participate in the broader life of the church and serve with the team in the areas identified by the leadership.
- Has a heart for the poor and marginalised and willing to come alongside those in need to support them spiritually and practically
- Willing to work hard and have fun!
Find out more about HTH at
Please contact Revd Martin Breadmore, Kensington Area Director of Ministry for further details: or 07850 649255
St Paul’s church offers an active, Christian presence and inclusive welcome at the heart of the diverse, county town of Bedford. The church is open seven days a week and offers a cathedral style experience, by holding a holy space for visitors and pilgrims to drop-in, light candles, come to a free recital or attend a midweek service.
St Paul’s is founded on a well established sacramental spirituality and appreciates good preaching and teaching. The church enjoys a high quality of liturgy and worship in the Affirming- Catholic tradition: vestments and incense are used, and the church is blessed with an outstanding mixed choir of cathedral standard. The Vicar and PCC are committed to an inclusive ethos of welcome to all, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation. The PCC have recently affirmed the Five Guiding Principles and we are looking to welcome a curate of either gender.
Opportunities for a curate
This parish provides a wonderful and exciting opportunity for a new curate to experience the variety and breadth of town centre and civic ministry: building bridges with the business and retail community, pastoral care of the deprived, homeless and rootless as well as the ‘great and the good’, the elderly and housebound; supported by a rich sacramental tradition. There is also opportunity for a pastoral, teaching ministry, especially within our learning and training programme.
While St Paul’s is a demanding parish, it is a stimulating and rewarding place in which to minister. The clergy also enjoy support from a highly dedicated core of lay people at St Paul’s. In short, there is a lot going on and much for a curate to get his or her teeth into. The church has also recently welcomed a curate from a different tradition to our own, and he has thrived. The Vicar, Kevin Goss, is an experienced Training Incumbent, committed to mutual growth and the formation of deacons and priests through theological reflection, support, encouragement, and collaborative ministry in worship and mission.
We are committed to the MAP process and to the LYCIG (Leading your Church into Growth) evangelism initiative. We are part of a town Cluster of four Anglican churches with whom we share worship and collaborate in on-the-street outreach projects, confirmation preparation etc. The parishes share their resources and, in particular, extend training opportunities to our respective curates.
Our threefold ministry
- St Paul’s is the Civic Church of the Borough of Bedford and County Church of Bedfordshire, hosting services for the Lord-Lieutenant, the High Sheriff’s annual Justice Service, the Elected Mayor and Borough, and other diocesan, regional and county events and services.
- We care for the largely gathered congregation who live mostly outside the parish. We have, however, a track record of welcome to younger people and families, thanks mainly to the All Age Eucharist, and this section of the congregation is growing.
- We also exercise a pastoral role to the parish, to the schools, hospital and care homes, the sick and housebound, and through the occasional offices.
The town centre parish of St Paul’s spans both sides of the beautiful River Great Ouse, encompassing the central business, shopping and retail area. There is a diversity of housing, ranging from large Edwardian villas, terraced houses and tower blocks to new build flats. In the past decade there has been considerable housing growth within the parish. The population is ethnically diverse; while there are two independent schools in the parish, there is only one state school with a very high population of Bangladeshi children. St Paul’s parish is regarded as the second most deprived within the Diocese of St Albans (Church Urban Fund statistics). The church has a special ministry to the rootless and homeless who are supported by our full-time Pastoral Assistant and Centre Manager. There are excellent rail connections to London (38 mins) and the Midlands (Thameslink and East Midlands express services) and good access to the M1 and A1.
For more information, contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Reverend Dr Quentin Chandler, [email protected]
St Leonard’s, Beoley, has a traditional, picturesque building (less so, vicar), and has a considerable ministry in the occasional offices of weddings, funerals and baptisms. There is a strong sense of community: both within the church and in engagement with the local area.
St Stephen’s is more of a ‘civic’ church in the town, served by a relatively small but committed congregation. It is open through the week, and receives many visitors; it also hosts The Word Christian Bookshop. The church has an important symbolic presence in the town of Redditch.
St Philip’s, Webheath, is a modern church which is increasingly oriented towards being open to and serving the local community. Monthly Open Church Mornings are now held and weekly children’s groups offer a particular ministry to young families.
St Bartholomew’s, Tardebigge, is a village church, again picturesque, which has experienced a growth in baptisms recently, and has a particularly strong relationship with its neighbouring first school.
We are very much aware of the need to develop and explore new forms of being church in order to serve and attract people. It is fair to say that this is a work in process and we have a way to go still. Key areas include:
- Build Parish/team identity; more involvement together.
- Better sharing of information sharing resources and streamlining.
- Regular joint services (5th Sundays); annual parish service on Trinity Sunday.
- Joint social events.
- Exchange of lay worship leaders/teams.
- Evangelistic outreach to adults.
- Prioritise what we can do realistically.
- Open access to churches.
- Outreach to children.
- We acknowledged again St Stephen's as the central or "hub" church building.
We are using these as a starting point for the current discussions, and hope and pray that God will lead us into a clear vision of where He wants us to go next.
For further information contact [email protected]
This is a training post for a deacon who expects to be ordained priest. The right candidate will in time have substantial responsibility for the further development of the Brickworks Church plant.
Across the parish we place a high priority in teaching the Bible well (faithfully and engagingly), because we believe that when the word of God is taught the voice of God will be heard. We are open to the diversity of gifts that God gives to build up the church. There is usually opportunity to receive prayer after most services and occasional communion services with prayers for healing included.
The churches have a strong evangelical heritage and want to see people be born again and enter the Kingdom of God. We aim serve our communities with love and integrity, and to bless them, praying for the
extension of God’s kingdom.
For more information contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocation, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
The people of the Border Benefice are fortunate to live in much loved countryside, dominated by the hills and mountains of Wales to the west and stretching out towards the North Shropshire plain to the east. The parishes are in a largely agricultural area but, thrown in for good measure, are a host of sites of industrial archaeological interest and the Offa’s Dyke long-distance path which runs through the middle of the benefice. The villages and settlements are particularly attractive because of their caring and lively communities rather than for presenting as chocolate box images.
This United Benefice is composed of four rural parishes each with a church – Llanyblodwell (St Michael the Archangel), Llanymynech (St Agatha’s), Morton (St Philip and St James) and Trefonen (All Saints’) - lying at the very western edge of the Diocese of Lichfield, a few miles south of Oswestry. About half of Llanymynech, the largest village, is in Wales; the rest of the Benefice is in North-west Shropshire.
The church wardens of all parishes meet regularly to support the Rector and to help to instil a real sense of unity across the benefice. However, whilst we work well together, the four churches each have their own traditions and so offer a wide variety in forms of worship. In addition on the fifth Sunday of the month there is a single service for the benefice. These have special themes and are very varied; recent examples include renewing our commitment and the blessing of pets.
This is all quite a challenge for our Rector and our three Lay-readers. However, we have a growing band of authorised lay worship leaders; trained by the Rector, they are playing a very active role. Members of the congregations participate fully in acts of worship and feel encouraged to do so. Around the benefice there are several fellowship or Bible study groups, Messy Church, prayer groups, pastoral carers, regular church-run community cafés and various other outreach and social events.
There are three church-controlled primary schools associated with the benefice. Church members are actively involved with the school as governors and in organising and leading activities and church visits for the pupils. These provide an opportunity for an introduction to Christian worship and understanding.
Thinking of the 11-18s, a recent development has been the establishment of an Oswestry Rural Youth Church with a recently-appointed Pioneer Minister. This is an expression of church that serves this age group living in the countryside around Oswestry. Through Churches Together in Oswestry there is a very successful Schools Christian Worker Project with regular input and involvement in a large number of local schools, both primary and secondary. The project provides a dedicated schools worker, with a new person also recently-appointed. Our parishes and individual members of our congregations actively support these projects.
While there is no denying that this area is seen as attractive by people who have reached retirement from full-time employment, those moving into the area are frequently those who are keen to be involved, have many gifts and talents and are far from old at heart and in mind..
The Border Benefice offers four parishes where there is a steady and visible development of people’s commitment to serve Christ, driven by a Rector who sees this as a priority. The parishes offer variety and challenge but a warm welcome is always evident.
For further details please contact the DDO, The Revd Frances Wilson .
Eccleshall is a thriving market town with historical links as the country seat for the Bishops of Lichfield. Situated in rural Staffordshire, it has excellent communications being within 20 minutes of Stafford, Stone and Stoke-on-Trent railway stations, and within easy reach of the M6 motorway at J14 and J15. The town is expanding and over the last 50 years has moved from the original agriculturally-based market town to become a sought after residential area with changes to commuting due to the excellent local communication links.
Eccleshall offers a breadth of learning opportunities, from very traditional ministerial practice to the development of exciting family-focussed activities including a new Messy Church initiative and a successful Parents, Toddlers and Babies Group. Occasional Offices play a major part of parish life and we have busy baptism, wedding, and funeral ministries.
There is also a real desire to engage in new and contemporary ways, including a major reordering project, which is currently in the planning stage, together with developing community ministry through social events and local use of our Parish Room resources. This is an area that we hope to develop through new community initiatives. We already have excellent links with the local Bishop Lonsdale CE Academy, include a women’s prison within our parish boundaries, and in a nutshell, Eccleshall would provide a curacy that allows space for reflection and growth, which would help equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for the nuts and bolts of parish ministry, whilst also offering you experience of new and exciting ways of engaging the local community.
Ministry here is wonderfully supported by four active Churchwardens, two experienced licensed Readers, a paid Children’s & Families Worker, Choir Master and Contemporary Worship Leader. The parish is at a significant stage in its development and would offer plenty of opportunities to engage in leading in a period of change and transition and explore new directions of travel.
Our vision mirrors the Diocesan priorities to grow as disciples, encourage the vocations of all, and to tell others of Jesus’ love through evangelism. We are working at shaping the mission and ministry of the parish accordingly.
Check out our website at
For further details please contact the DDO, The Revd Frances Wilson .
This training benefice comprises 4 rural villages situated between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne in Staffordshire, each with their own character:
Rocester: A large industrial village with JCB Academy
Hollington: A smaller residential/dormitory village,
Croxden: Scattered hamlets with strong agricultural feel
Denstone: A small rural village
The first 3 are in the Open Evangelical tradition and Denstone is a little more Catholic. The parishes are undergoing pastoral reorganisation to become a single benefice, which all parishes are in favour of.
This is a great setting for a curate to train in with a variety of styles of worship and potential for developing new ways of reaching out to the community with the love of Jesus as the churches develop working together and their Mission Action Plans. The people are welcoming and friendly with a desire to grow the churches. There are 3 church schools, all keen to build up links with the churches as well as JCB academy (years 9 to 13) where the incumbent is their chaplain.
The incumbent, the Rev’d Liz Jones, has been in post since June 2018 and whilst she is new to rural ministry and this setting, she has a wealth of experience to share with a curate as they discover together how to serve these communities. She has been ordained for 16 years with a background in office work and teaching office skills prior to that. Her ministry experience has been in small town settings with large numbers of occasional offices, working with Readers and encouraging lay ministry and outreach in the community as well as being a mental health chaplain. She is looking forward to sharing ministry with a Curate as part of the ministry team of herself and 3 Readers.
For further details please contact the DDO, The Revd Frances Wilson .
The Cornerstone Team is comprised of three churches. St Luke’s Church, Thurnby, is a busy parish church, with three weekly services attended by around 200 people.The worship style is varied, with an emphasis on the contemporary and informal, and services incorporate thriving groups for youth and children, and major on biblical preaching.
St Catharine’s Church, in the neighbouring village of Houghton on the Hill, is a growing family church with around 60-70 people attending on a Sunday. Significant growth has taken place in recent years.
St Mary and All Saints, Stoughton, is in a small nearby village, with two services a month, and an average attendance of around 15 people.
There is a strong emphasis on ministry among families, children and young people across the team. We attach a high importance to evangelism, outreach and discipleship: Christianity Explored, Life Explored, and Alpha have been run in all three villages, and many people within the churches belong to home groups.
In 2018 we have entered a new and exciting phase of our church life. We have been designated one of the Diocese of Leicester’s first Resourcing Churches, which seeks to meet the diocesan strategy of seeking growth in the number of disciples, the depth of our discipleship, and in our capacity to serve our communities.
This strategy is very much in our DNA as a team. We are at present discerning under God how best to use our resources, including the appointment of new staff, to enable us to reach out effectively both within and beyond our parishes. We have a particular focus on church planting, grafting and starting new congregations and fresh expressions.
If you would like to find out more about this post, please contact Revd Rob Miles: [email protected]
Situated on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands, our churches are genuine places of welcome and encouragement, committed to supporting one other as we live as disciples of Jesus, formed by his Word, in the power of the Spirit.
Our two churches are evangelical in nature and offer a rich training context for a curate who would be part of a growing leadership team comprising our Rector and Wardens, part-time Children’s and Youth Discipleship Enabler; Self-Supporting Minister; Lay Pastoral Minister; 3 Readers and Messy Church Leader. We are soon to employ an administrator.
The Training Incumbent, previously a teacher and now having completed 3 years of his first incumbency, is committed to a process of training and formation which will enable a curate to flourish. The benefice is at a significant stage in its development and would offer plenty of opportunities to engage in leading in a period of change and transition and explore new directions of travel.
St Peter’s Forsbrook serves two large villages which include 3 primary schools and a high school, some small businesses and shops. Our vision centres on ‘Becoming Mission Shaped’ as we seek to grow as disciples and reach out to those around us who don’t know Christ.
St Margaret’s Draycott serves a rural community which includes Draycott Moor College, a sports centre and several farms. Our vision is to be ‘a church in the community; a church for the community’ as we seek to share God’s love.
Recent encouragements include seeing people grow as disciples through our latest Alpha course, a newly established ‘Connect’ group which meets to study the Bible and pray together, a ‘Parenting Teenagers’ course, a thriving Messy Church and three of our young people engage in leadership training within the diocese.
Apart from opportunities to develop gifts and experience in leading public worship of different styles, biblical preaching and pastoral ministry, a curate would be an active member of our growing Ministry Leadership Team and would be expected to share leadership within this team as it prayerfully and strategically gives oversight and direction to the mission and ministry of our churches. Particular areas of responsibility would depend on the experience, gifts and training needs of the curate and would be negotiated with the incumbent. Potential areas are likely to be related to growing disciples and developing the gifts and leadership of others.
For further details please contact the DDO, The Revd Frances Wilson .
An opportunity to train in a wonderfully varied setting: Market Town with a wide social mix plus two rural parishes.
This is a supportive yet also challenging place in which to exercise and develop ministry with the assistance and supervision of an experienced training incumbent: the Revd Dr Judy Hunt. There are two other clergy and a Reader.
A curate coming here can gain experience rapidly in all aspects of ‘inherited church’ and will be encouraged to develop new approaches too.
The congregations have members from all church traditions, Sunday services are predominantly Eucharistic with preaching usually from the lectionary passages. Congregation numbers across the churches vary from single figures up to 70 or 80. St Alkmund’s in Whitchurch is considered one of the Diocese’s larger churches in congregational terms, whereas Tilstock is one of the smallest.
In the last four years we have set up a FoodBank, Messy Church, a Hospital Chaplaincy Team and a group for those with Dementia and their carers, often working ecumenically .
For more information see the website:
Contact: The Revd Frances Wilson
Located on the eastern outskirts of the vibrant new town of Telford, the Benefice consists of 3 very different parishes. From Bells and Incense to worship bands and powerpoint, we have the full mix along the way. There are 6 primary schools, 2 secondary schools and a university campus to excite and hone skills with young people. There is a vibrant Messy Church, active parents and toddler groups, Open the Book, a fledgling Youth ministry, outreach into the community and much much more in an urban setting.
The incumbent has been in post a little over a year and so you would be coming at an exciting time – Mission Action Plans are being re-developed, outreach is being re-worked and the possibilities are extensive.
We have just licensed a part-time associate minister who also works part-time as a Schools Missioner and so further opportunities are available to see what schools as mission bases may look like.
We are a dynamic and vibrant team looking to empower, enable and grow both old and new disciples.
For further details please contact the DDO, The Revd Frances Wilson [email protected]
St Paul’s and St Thomas and St Andrew’s, Stafford are two parishes seeking to bring God’s love to those around them, each has a vision and priorities for mission and ministry.
We are putting considerable energy into connecting well with children and young families, though like many churches our core Sunday congregation tends to be mainly older people. Each church has an average Sunday attendance of between 40 and 45, and a Curate could make a significant difference in the Outreach and Ministry.
The Incumbent has written “I have a leadership style which tries to combine being as collaborative as possible with progressing forward our Mission and Ministry. I will try and give the Curate a broad experience of all aspects of leading a Parish Church.” The Parish of St Thomas and St Andrew’s has recognisable boundaries and this residential area has a sense of community for which we are the Parish Church. The locality of St Paul’s Parish has more diversity, but there is not the same sense of community. Both these Parishes are places in which a Curate could learn & grow, while contributing significantly to God’s Mission.
For more information please contact the Bishops' Director of Ordinands at [email protected]
We aim to Celebrate Life Together, by sharing in Friendship, Faith and Fun and a community that celebrates God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives - one where everyday moments matter and where, big or small, those moments are celebrated. Working together, laughing together, crying together and celebrating differences we strive to be a church that worships God, serves the wider community and makes a difference in the world. We are committed to do all we can to make the church ‘the hospitable heart’ of our communities.
Alongside the ‘apprenticeship’ element of being a Curate, we are seeking someone who can assume an essential role in mission both within our established communities and within the areas of new housing. Working alongside our Children’s and Youth Worker, the Curate will also play a key role within our work with young people and their families.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
All Saints Worcester is charismatic and open evangelical, although not all in the congregation would use those terms to describe their own spirituality or theological convictions. The church is a committed member of the New Wine family of churches with approximately 90 people attending the New Wine summer gathering every year.
There are currently 230 people on the electoral roll number, although the church database would indicate that those who consider All Saints to be their home is around 350 adults. The main focus of development for the next phase in the life of the church is the transition into a “resourcing church”.
Over the last 10 years, All Saints has developed a particular focus on and commitment to social action. All Saints helped launched the Street Pastors initiative in 2010, set up the Worcester Foodbank in 2011 and in 2012 launched a Christians Against Poverty debt centre. In
addition to this, members of All Saints lead a Hope for Justice group and helped establish their “Zoe Hub” in Birmingham. All Saints was asked to be the link community organisation for the county council to help with the resettling of four Syrian families. We are the hub church for Home for Good in Worcester. All Saints describes its mission to be “a missional community that gives creative and faithful expression to the Kingdom of God in Worcester and beyond”.
The next curate will be joining the All Saints staff team at a crucial and exciting time. The curate will be a key member of the senior ministry team, working directly and collaboratively with the Vicar, Associate Vicars and staff team, sharing in the leadership, development and care of the whole church. They will be integral to the development of All Saints as a “resourcing
church” with an expectation they will either plant out or move into a parish embracing renewal in partnership with All Saints.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
Our Benefice consists of six parishes with seven churches. In August 2013 Bicknor church was designated a Chapel of Ease as part of Bredgar parish. One parish – Tunstall – is large incorporating a portion of Sittingbourne (population ca. 2,500). The other six villages are small ranging from less than 150 to approximately 555 people.
1. The vision for the Benefice.
Our vision is to live out our Christian faith across the benefice.
We will do this:
- By making our life of prayer and worship a priority across the benefice.
- By sharing our Christian faith through service and witness in our communities.
- By developing our working together to improve our strategic planning.
2. What the Benefice brings to ministry and mission:
- A ministry team of lay and ordained men and women working well together.
- Good co-operation between Church, three Church schools and one community school.
- A broad range of worship across the churches.
3. What the Benefice looks for from our Ministry Team:
- Creative leadership to assist us to grow in numbers and depth.
- Clear direction to enable us to become a more cohesive Benefice with sensitivity to the distinctive character of each parish.
- Someone who enjoys being among the people and the many events (not all related to the church) across the Benefice.
We enjoy a variety of styles of worship within the benefice:
At Tunstall we have 3 services every Sunday, with a said Communion at 8:00, a Sung Eucharist at 9:30, including a Sunday School, and Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at 6:30. We also have a midweek evening Communion once a month.
There is a morning service every Sunday at Bredgar. We alternate between traditional and contemporary services, the latter using multi-media facilities.
Rodmersham currently has 2 services per month, both from the Book of Common Worship; Frinsted has a said morning Communion and Evensong each month, plus a Matins service on alternate months, all from the Book of Common Prayer. At Milstead we have a said Communion once a month from BCW and Evensong from BCP. In addition we have an occasional contemporary Family Service.
Wormshill has a popular Family Service on the first Sunday of the month and traditional services on the other Sundays. Finally, our chapel of ease at Bicknor hosts Christingle, Harvest and a Holy Saturday vigil every year, in addition to an annual patronal festival in July and occasional special services.
At Tunstall, study groups are held during Lent and further study groups are held during the year which allow deeper discussions of bible and Christian themes.
There are opportunities to run specific courses from time to time and a member of the team led a course in the Spring exploring the relationship between faith and science, which was well received. We also hosted a Deepening Discipleship course in the Autumn for those across the Deanery who are seeking to explore the next stage in their Christian journey.
We are considering running an evangelistic course, such as Alpha or Christianity Explained, in the Autumn of 2018.
We run preparation sessions for baptism, confirmation, First Communion and marriage.
Across the benefice, lunches in support of charities are held during Lent and people from all our churches are encouraged to attend.
Both Tunstall and Bredgar offer a welcome at all services through the sidespeople, the team of Welcomers and the congregation itself. Coffee is served after the morning service and newcomers are invited to stay to get to know people.
A direct link exists between Tunstall parish and the local Community Hospital through the ministry of a Reader who serves as Link Chaplain. Another Reader is chaplain to the British Legion.
The ministry team take Home Communion for the sick or housebound as necessary and we have a Benefice Pastoral Visitors Team and a recently formed Bereavement Visiting Team.
Friends of Tunstall Church actively raise funds for the church. Throughout the benefice outward expressions of the churches’ care and service to the community include special services such as Education Sunday and Women’s World Day of Prayer, as well as ongoing food collections for the local Food Bank.
For the last 3 years Tunstall church has held a highly successful Christmas Tree Festival, the last 2 of which have featured on local news programmes. This has proved increasingly popular and involves people and groups from around the community.
Both Bredgar and Milstead keep close links with their C of E schools and offer special services for the pupils.
The ‘Rodmersham Society’, the ‘Friends of Bredgar Church’ and the ‘Friends of Wormshill Church’ involve those who want to help maintain the fabric of the church and surrounding graveyard. Neither Frinsted nor Milstead have a formal ‘Friends’ groups but they do have similar support from their communities.
In addition to the incumbent we have a self-supporting Curate, 2 licensed Readers and 1 Reader with Permission to Officiate. We are fortunate to have 3 retired priests who are willing to help as and when required and we are encouraging a small group of church members to train for Authorised Lay Ministry.
Our aim is to continue to bring our parishes together to develop joint worship, activities and governance while taking care to preserve the individual character of each parish.
It is hoped that a new Curate will be willing to engage in all aspects of the worship life of the benefice and to participate enthusiastically with the wider community on a social basis.
Housing for a title post should be available in Bredgar village.
and the incumbent, Revd Alan Pinnegar at
The Diocese of Manchester hopes to import up to 6 Stipendiary Curates for ordination in 2019.
We have a number of potential training incumbents and parishes across the diocese and would be delighted to hear from anyone with a genuine commitment to ministry in this region during their curacy and beyond.
Please contact the Director of Vocations, Nick Smeeton on 0161 708 9366, [email protected]’
As the Parish Church of Virginia Water we are an international family drawn from over 25 different countries, many Christian denominations and mainly living within a 20 mile radius. We rejoice in our rich diversity but are united in knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and share a desire to help one another, from God’s Word, to discover our full potential in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are discovering that Jesus brings meaning, purpose and fulfilment as we grow to know him, to trust him and serve him together, for his glory.
Revd Dr Simon Vibert is the incumbent. Simon writes: “I am an evangelical, with a commitment to expository preaching, and passionate about evangelism. I work best in a team, and have appreciated having good colleagues around me. I love to train others, and hope that those serving with me feel that they get good feedback, practical help, support, and encouragement. Our mission, as a Church, is best encapsulated in the strap line: ‘Knowing Jesus and Making Jesus Known’”
This curacy is ideally suited to a pioneer ordinand.
We are an evangelical, low church, contemporary and communally minded church, with around 300 adults and children attending each Sunday.
Our vision is To give everyone in Virginia Water and the wider community in which we live, work, and study, the opportunity to know God as our loving Father, to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to discover their purpose to serve Him in the power of the Spirit.
It is our prayerful hope that, by God’s grace, we can aspire to and maintain the following distinctive values:
- We believe that Biblical teaching anointed by the Holy Spirit is the catalyst for individual and corporate transformation (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25).
- We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. This is the reason for our commitment to relational evangelism as well as organised evangelistic events (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14).
- We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
- We believe that Christ’s followers should demonstrate authenticity and yearn for continuous growth (Ephesians 4:25-32; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 1:6).
- We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12 & 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4).
- We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. This includes the principle of servant-hood and commitment to relationship building (1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34-35).
- We believe that life-change happens best in small groups. This is the reason for our commitment to small groups to facilitate fellowship, teaching and ministry (Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47).
- We believe that excellence in all we do honours God and inspires people (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17).
- We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts. This is the reason for our commitment to shared leadership, continuous training and the evaluation of gifts and abilities (Nehemiah 1 & 2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2-5).
- We believe that full devotion to Christ and serving His cause is normal for every believer. This includes the concept of stewardship, servant-hood, and discipleship (1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7)
The Church also has a strong Mission focus, with 11 main mission partners profiled during the year, and 15% of our income given to missions.
The parish of Christ Church, Virginia Water lies in the borough of Runnymede in north-west Surrey. The village is served by a station on the London-Reading railway line, which runs close to the eastern and southern edges of the parish, with a spur branching to Chertsey and Weybridge. We are currently a single Church parish and it is our hope that we will plant a new Church in the residential area of Longcross within the next 5 years. The population of the parish is expected to grow substantially in the coming years.
There are 3 Schools, one of which is Church of England (Vicar and other members serve as Governors). Weekly opportunities for assembly etc. We run a monthly “Monday Mayhem” for Youth in Community Centre. A high quality parish magazine (with local advertising) is delivered to every home each month.
The Curate will be given every opportunity to grow their Ordained Anglican experience, through Sunday service, through occasional offices, and through exposure to the variety of parish life. We are very open to the possibility that the Curate may lead, or be an active part, of a Church plant, towards the end of their Curacy at Christ Church.
Clergy meet together for prayer, planning and Bible reading, several times per week and the entire staff meet for working lunch Mondays, and occasionally whole mornings for training and devotion. Staff include the Associate Vicar, Children’s and Families Worker (also Ordained), Student Worker, Youth Worker, SSM Curate and Hon. Retired Curate, Operations manager, Parish Administrator (P/T), Vicar’s PA (P/T), Apprentice, and a licensed lay reader. The PCC is divided into working groups for Finance, Property, Evangelism and Social Care, and Hospitality.
The Parish has budgeted for suitable accommodation for a new Curate from the Summer 2019.
Please contact the DDO, Canon William Challis, for further information: [email protected].
The Parish of The Bourne, with a population of 7,976 is a major suburb of the ancient market town of Farnham. The Bourne has two churches: St Thomas is the main Parish Church with St Martins as a daughter church. There is also a church hall that has regular Sunday services. The neighboring village of Tilford has one church (All Saints). The incumbent is the Revd John Morris.
The area is mainly urban leafy Surrey. A good number of parishioners commute into London by train, but a good number also work in the surrounding towns etc. There are a number of residential homes for the elderly and several schools and a sixth form college. Farnham has a small hospital and some of the most highly rated Primary Schools in the country. The Bourne with Tilford has two Church Schools with an Infant School that is part of South Farnham Trust and a Sixth Form College. The Bourne has its own butcher and baker and several small supermarkets and other stores.
Underlying our parish vision is a God who loves, inspires, empowers and transforms us. To make any difference to the world around us we each need to be first and foremost disciples of Christ. That’s a journey we make at different speeds, at different times of our lives, but there is always encouragement, stimulation, and challenge to be had by meeting together for worship and sharing our lives and stories. That’s what being Church is about: companions on the journey, or using St Paul’s image, the Body of Christ.
Being rooted in God, strengthened by our fellowship, we are compelled by the love of God to transform lives and communities around us, through loving service of our neighbour. This year our particular focus is on the development of Brambleton Hall, to make it a really useful community hub from which many life-transforming activities can be carried out.
The tradition of St Thomas is Liberal Catholic with a weekly Sung Eucharist with a nationally recognised choir and choral tradition. St Martins has a relaxed Eucharistic alternating with Praise service. Brambleton Halll has a very relaxed partly congregational sung Eucharist alternating with a service of praise led by a lay reader, is developing Contemporary Worship on Sunday afternoons and holds ‘Lets get messy’ Church during school holidays. All Saints Tilford is Anglican middle of the road, Sung Communion with hymns.
Various parishioners attend morning prayers on different days. There is an informal prayer group that meets on a Wednesday morning in St Martins and a house group that meets on Friday morning. Several Lent Groups from Lent 2018 have indicated that they intend to meet again for the Autumn term to further their bible studies.
A team of Pastoral Assistants (PA’s) assist in making an initial visit to Baptism Families. One PA is training to extend their ministry in funeral and bereavement care. Hospital and sick visiting is on a rota system. The PA’s regularly take communion to local nursing homes.
We are working towards developing and building a new gymnasium for the Boxing Club at our Parish Hall. This is a large project in support of an extremely successful boxing club run in our church hall. Funds have been secured and we are looking forward to seeing this project develop.
We have identified large openings in youth work with the local University and the local Sixth Form College. There are real opportunities to work with young people who have grown out of their chorister roles through their voice breaking and are now seeking an active role within the church.
The local Roman Catholic Priest has suggested that we meet to discuss combined baptism services. There are regular prayer meetings with the other local churches or various traditions and denominations. (The various Farnham clergy, ministers and pastors take it in turn to host either a breakfast or lunch time prayer meeting.)
The incumbent is keen to help you as the curate to continue to explore your gifts and talents in ministry, to mentor and encourage you to develop your gifts and ensure you experience a wide variety of situations as part of formation as a Parish Priest. You will explore all facets of ministry so that you will be equipped and experienced enough to move on to take responsibility for a parish jointly or independently.
With the generous help of a parishioner, we are actively seeking a house for a prospective Curate to live in.
Please contact the DDO, Canon William Challis, for further information: [email protected].
Located in the Eden Valley between the Lake District and the Pennines in the heart of Cumbria. This is a very rural Mission Community, incorporating a large number of villages and the Market Town of Appleby.
Mission will be a key part of your developing ministry. One of the joys of rural ministry is that, although we are always working small scale, we have the opportunity to impact whole communities. So the first task for you - and for any would-be leader in mission - is to learn the language: get to know the people, their mindset, the way they do community, the way they do family, their attitude to God and their needs, concerns and passions.
And, of course, you need to love them.
Mission Communities are about how local churches working together can better share resources, ideas, talents to further the mission of the church. For the Heart of Westmorland this means, collaborative working with a focus on enabling the ministry of all Christians.
For more information, please contact the DDO, Peter Clement.
Keswick in the Diocese of Carlisle are looking for a curate who is open to challenge and hard work; who is rooted in the faith, but open to questions; wants to see the church grow but is keen to work beyond the boundaries with the whole community.
Keswick is the heart of the northern Lakes region of the Lake District National Park. With a resident population of about 5,000, this can grow to 20,000 in peak holiday season. The town has a large retired population; but don’t let that deceive you – there are many young people and families here, but these are almost ‘hidden’ by the tourists and the retirees. The town has an excellent Church Primary School, St Herbert’s, and Secondary School, Keswick School. In the area are also three other primary schools. Due to its reputation, Keswick School draws its pupils from the whole of northern Cumbria.
Borrowdale is one of the most beautiful valleys in England. It also has a resident population of about 350 people and two small churches (Sunday worship alternates between the two).
Mission Communities are about how local churches working together can better share resources, ideas, talents to further the mission of the church. For Keswick this means sharing of good ideas and experiences of mission, supporting each other by sharing training and learning opportunities, sharing back office functions, particularly amongst the smaller parishes, so that people are freed for mission and ministry, and praying with and for each other, either through weekly Morning Prayer or through special events.
For more information, please contact the DDO, Peter Clement.
in South Shropshire offers an interesting opportunity for a new curate to engage with a rich pattern of ministry that has developed over recent years. The benefice consists of the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer and six neighbouring rural parishes, on the outer edge of commutability from the West Midlands but with very rooted rural communities.
The exceptionally experienced training incumbent, Ashley Buck, has been in post 15 years during which the life of the benefice has developed and matured, most notably in an innovative youth engagement project which is now a model for the whole diocese. Ashley brings a particular philosophical wisdom to ministerial formation which we know enables an impressive breadth of flourishing in those he trains.
For more information, please contact
The Stilton Group of Churches is made up of the five parishes of Elton, Haddon, Morborne, Folksworth and Stilton, situated to the south west of Peterborough. Every parish has a rural setting, but Folksworth and Stilton largely operate as commuter populations.
The total population is about 4,500, with Stilton being largest at about 2,700. Most families live in Folksworth and Stilton whereas Elton has a majority of people who are 50+. Morborne and Haddon have populations of 25 and 65 respectively. There are three CofE primary schools in Elton, Folksworth and Stilton which are all single form entry. As well as churches and schools there are a good number of other community facilities including village halls, pubs, shops and small businesses. All parishes offer a lively social life and a beautiful house in Elton is available to the curate.
Every church has its own worship identity according to its unique context within the Group, with most offering a variety of services over the course of a month. There are regular Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion and Evening Prayer services, Common Worship Parish Communions, Celtic Services and Fresh Expression style cafe churches. A twice-termly Messy Church was recently launched in Stilton and a monthly Pub Church was launched in Elton in January 2017. The theological position of the churches is Evangelical, though not Conservative or especially Charismatic. Whilst Elton has an Anglo Catholic history, these days it is more Central in character.
At present there are three Authorised Lay Ministers, with one of these training as a Lay Reader. Ministry and mission is supported by a part time administrator. There are three prayer groups and four discipleship groups in varying contexts.
The training incumbent has seven years’ experience as a pioneer minister in the diocese of Liverpool, and is working with the parishes to develop new ministries to connect with non-church people. The Group is well on the way to achieving a 50/50 mix between inherited and pioneer congregations. As the curate you could be part of this.
In this post you will have the opportunity to be involved in a diverse range of ministries, from traditional to Fresh Expressions, and to grow in experience of collaborative ministry in a context which encourages church growth. There is scope for involvement in all aspects of parish ministry, as well as the opportunity and space to till fresh soil and develop projects.
For further information please contact Canon Linda Church at [email protected]
The town centre parishes of Huntingdon are coming together under a new incumbent this autumn, with a church on a huge housing estate known as the Oxmoor. This is part of the Diocesan focus on Market Town Growth.
Over the next five years Ely Diocese will be investing nearly £5 million in its Market Town initiative. This curacy will enable you to be involved in this from very near to the beginning, as you play a significant role in shaping the ministry approach in this new grouping.
The funding available will be partly used to grow a significant ministry team which will present real opportunities for pioneering and creativity. The re-routing” of the A14 away from Huntingdon (due to complete in late 2020) will offer a real chance to the community to explore new openings and the new incumbent expects the Church to be at the centre of much of these.
For further information please contact Canon Linda Church at [email protected]
St George’s is an evangelical charismatic Anglican church, with links to New Wine. Strategically located in the centre of Leeds, the church has an average Sunday attendance of 475 adults, 45 children, and a further 80 adults at Lighthouse. Led by Rev Lizzy Woolf, St George’s vision is for Sharing Life, Loving Leeds by preaching Jesus, making disciples, serving the city and sending out leaders.
As the new Planting Curate you will join a dynamic and supportive team, with the opportunity to develop leadership, teaching and pastoral skills as you build a team and prepare to church plant. The expectation is that you will go on to lead this new church plant after your curacy.
More information on St George’s can be found at stgs.org.uk.